Chicago announces master plan for Union Station

May 24, 2012

Associated Press

Chicago's main train station is being targeted with a master plan designed to increase its capacity and improve train passengers' experiences.

There have been a number of grand plans for Union Station, the nation's third-busiest after New York's Grand Central and Penn Stations. Past plans included tearing down existing buildings and building a new structure in their place.

On Wednesday, City Hall released a plan with short-term projects with identified funding. They include improved station entrances; expanded Amtrak waiting rooms; and enhanced bus lanes on streets around the station.

The plan says projects that might be delivered in five to 10 years include creating wider commuter platforms.

Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein says the number of trains serving Union Station may increase 40 percent by 2040, prompting the proposed changes.